Since I started this blog back in August (2015) I have been asked a few questions, I decided to put them all in one area and try to answer them. They are mostly about me and this site and the reasons behind the layout..
As and when I am asked more questions, I will add to the list but here is the start..
- Why did I start this blog…
I started the blog for the simple reason I wanted somewhere to put my tasting notes and thoughts on the whisky I was drinking and the industry as a whole. I never thought anyone would actually take the time to look and read my thoughts. At first I felt that people would just laugh at my inexperience and very amateur notes, but I have had some positive remarks. I have been drinking whisky for many years and never actually thought about what I was drinking until I joined a few whisky forums. Once I started to compare my notes I realised I could actually pick out a few notes, from that moment I decided I should write them down.. So that was the start of an idea to do a blog. I never really read any other blogs or similar things so my blog is patterned around my own lay out and thoughts..
2. What does the ” ocd ” part actually stand for..
When trying to come up with a name for the blog I tried all the usual stuff but they were already in use, then one day my wife just said ” your obsessed ” and that was that.. I sometimes joke about the meaning.. “Obsessive compulsive drinker” but I don’t actually drink a lot ( honestly) and obsessive collecting disorder.. But it is simply.. obsessive compulsive disorder.. I do hope no one with this problem takes offense, but I do have an obsession with collecting and maturation side of whisky..
3. Why don’t you score your reviews.
I have never really agreed with scoring whisky, we all have different thoughts on how good whisky is, we have personal tastes and what I think is a 90 others may think is an 80. Does it really matter about a score anyway ? I just want to know if I enjoyed it or not, I want to say what I think I can detect, and if it was good enough to buy another. If I go out and buy a bottle or more then I believe it is good. When thinking about scoring there are a few ways.. 1-5 or 1-100, in my opinion the 1-5 score is too narrow but the 1-100 is just too big, how often will we see anything under 50, so why not use 1-50, anyway I made the decision to not score my whisky reviews unless asked to do so, if I score 80-90 then I think it is a very good whisky, 90 onwards just means wow.. I would rather just say I think you should try it because I really enjoyed it.
4. Why should anyone listen to me.
You should not.. That is the simple answer, I am here to give you my opinion and that is it, I would hope you will read my thoughts and look at others before making an opinion. I always buy a whisky on my own beliefs, I never let any one else influence me. I will ask opinions, I will look up other people’s reviews, but in the end I make up my own mind and so should you..
5. Why do you like Auchentoshan so much..
My love of Auchentoshan started many years ago, I always had the usual bottles of Glenfiddich and Glenmorangie in the house, one day I decided to try something different and bought a bottle of Auchentoshan select.. I instantly loved the subtle floral, fresh taste, it was a very easy drinking whisky, I then tried a few other offerings from them and that was it.. I could not get enough. To this day I have visited the distillery around 15 times, I have around 68 bottles in my collection and far too much odd bits from the distillery..
6. Have I any background in whisky.
The simple answer is no.. I am just a drinker and collector like most of you out there. I have no experience in writing as I’m sure you will have picked up by now. I am a middle class working man, married with 2 daughters.. It is just that simple.
7. What is my favourite whisky.
I find this hard to answer because there are so many fantastic whiskys out there but I will give you my top 3 if that is ok… This is not in any order though..
1. Auchentoshan 1979 32 yo sherry matured.. This is just a stunning whisky, fantastic nose and palate.
2. Balvenie 41yo single cask, I voted this my whisky of 2015, why because it is stunning on so many levels..
3. Glenfarclas 40yo, the nose on this is to die for.. I could sit and sniff this all night, so many fantastic scents..
I am sorry that I have not given you the answer as you asked but it is as close as I can get..
8. How do I do my tasting notes.
I always try to do my reviews at home, at the same time each day ( or as close as possible) and in the same room.. I generally start by pouring my dram but always have a spare glass.. when doing the nosing part I Nose several times then pour the whisky into the empty glass and nose both glasses… it’s amazing how much more you pick up by doing this, So many delicate notes that might be missed for instance.. once the nosing is done I take several sips, taking notes with each sip and still nosing the empty glass and the one with whisky. I then compile my notes.. I will then repeat the process in order to check my notes and complete my review with my thoughts..
9. Will you publish a bad review.
The simple answer is Yes.. I might put that it’s not to my taste and quote others that have enjoyed it if I think it’s just my taste.. but if it’s bad then I will say so !!